A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The movie is intended to entertain not educate.
Friendship and teamwork are key themes. Character learns that there is more to life than the pursuit of fame.
Positive Role Models
Initially Max is obsessed with fame, but he eventually changes his ways. Bob is conscientious. Both learn to work together with other species.
Violence & Scariness
Occasional slapstick violence -- includes a cat punching a bear. Cat is kicked out of a bus. A van crashes into some woods. Two characters are tied to trees. Characters are shot with a ray gun and abducted by "scary" aliens.
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"Oh my God" is used an exclamation.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Two Tails is a dull Russian (dubbed into English) animated kid-friendly adventure about two friends -- Bob the beaver and Max the cat -- who encounter aliens. There is slapstick violence -- often between the animals -- with no serious consequences. A van crashes into some woods and two men are tied to some trees. Two men and a bear are shot with ray guns before being abducted by aliens. The baddie aliens might be scary to younger viewers. There is no profanity although "oh my God" is used as an exclamation. The movie stresses the importance of teamwork and friendship, although other animated adventures do it far better. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The story is simple to follow but the stilted pace is likely to struggle to hold viewers' attention. There's no escape from the fact that Two Tails' bare-bones plot and poor production values make it feel no weightier or more attractive than an episode of another Russian import, Masha and the Bear. The human characters in particular look unappealing and cold but the furry animals and playful aliens are barely any cuter.
The slapstick humor is rarely clever or funny and the recurring jokes aimed at adults -- a 2001: A Space Odyssey sequence and a play on President Trump's "Make America Great Again" campaign slogan -- fall flat. There is some charm to be found during Max and Bob's first encounter, but the movie soon runs out of steam. The dubbed English-language audio track is particularly poor, with uncredited actors phoning in their lines in a lackluster manner.
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